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PlantFiles: Showy Fanpetals
Sida lindheimeri

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sida (SEE-duh) (Info)
Species: lindheimeri (lind-HY-mer-ee) (Info)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Jan 3, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Showy Fanpetals, Lindheimer's Sida (Sida lindheimeri) is native to Texas and Louisiana. It may grow erectly (to up to 90 cm) or have a sprawlng habit and is sometimes woody at its base.. The 5.5 cm long and .9 cm wide leaf blades are lanceolate o linear with toothed margins. Originating in the leaf axils or terminal, the blooms which have 1.5 cm long petals are solitary or clustered. The bloom's long pedicels project the bloom beyond the subtending leaves. Showy Fantails is similar to S. spinosa; however, it lacks the blunt spine next to the base of the petiole which is characteristic of S. spinosa. It thrives in brushy and woodland areas in sandy and gravelly soils in the Rio Grande Plains and Coastal Prairie Regions of Texas. It is a very robust and glabrous perennial.which is an excellent source for adult nectar for the Laviana White-Skipper and the Common Checkered-Skipper. Cattle and white-tailed deer eat its foliage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Antonio, Texas

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